Create Sparklines in Excel 2010

Sparklines are a new charting feature in Excel 2010 that allows you to insert charts into a single cell. There are 3 types of charts (line, column, and win/loss) that make up Sparklines. Before you are ready to insert Sparklines, make sure that you have a continguous series of numerical data. The series of data can make up either a row or column.


Line, Column, and Win/Loss Sparklines

To create a Sparkline, first click in the cell you wish to display it in. Second, Click the Insert tab and click the type of Sparkline you desire (line, column or win/loss). Third, drag your mouse to input the data range. Verrify that the location range is already entered based on the active cell. Forth, click OK. Tip: you can left click and drag the auto-fill handle (the tiny black square at the bottom of the cell) to copy the Sparklines to adjacient rows or columns.

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The Create Sparklines dialog box

About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at
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2 Responses to Create Sparklines in Excel 2010

  1. Jill Baughn says:

    Steve, this is great. I would like to see anything you learn new on Word and Excel. Look forward to viewing your website often. I really like your verse from the Bible also.

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